Early in 2016 I saw an article in the local newspaper Nuneaton News regarding a previous fellow of the WCMT (Winston Churchill Memorial Trust) being honoured by Her Majesty the Queen.
Upon some further research into the WCMT, I decided to apply, my aim being to promote engineering as a rewarding and desirable career choice for school, college and university leavers, changing perceptions towards engineering through education of what modern day engineering entails.
As a nation built on the successes of the industrial revolution our highly skilled and innovative engineers have built a legacy of being world class and second to none in quality, however, the skills within the market are diminishing as more skills are leaving the market place than new ones being generated.
In 2017 I will be travelling to Luxembourg, Germany, Japanand Chicago USA to view how these different countries are tackling the same issues, with key focus on;
· To what development companies can offer or are encouraged by government their new apprentices/trainees,
· Amount of time allocated to apprentices/trainees before deemed “skilled” and working independently,
· The perception of engineering by school children when considering career options,
· How the industry is portrayed by the media,
· What impact automation had had on the skill levels within the industry,
· What potential careers can lead to once a good skill set is acquired by an engineer.
Upon my return, all data will be collated and presented to the WCMT, the current business secretary Greg Clark and also distributed among industry specific media.